Announcement: Acting Vice Dean & Director, DentistryI am pleased to announce that Dr. Bertha Garcia has been appointed as Acting Vice Dean & Director, Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective June 1,
Dr. Garcia will be working in this role three half days per week alongside the leadership team including the Associate and Assistant Deans, the Associate Director, as well as with faculty, staff and students. Dr. Garcia brings tremendous administrative and education experience to this role and will provide strong support to me as we move forward with our continued work on the renewal for Dentistry and accreditation recommendations.
The School will be moving forward with a new search for a permanent Vice Dean & Director, as the previous search was not successful.
Dr. Garcia received her medical degree from the Cayetano Heredia University in Peru in 1972. She went on to complete her residency training in general and anatomical pathology from the University of Calgary in 1981, where she was appointed as
She joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in
During Dr. Garcia’s decanal leadership, the Distributed Medical Education program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry developed and grew significantly leading to the establishment of the Windsor Campus, as well as numerous new partnerships and learning opportunities for students and residents. Dr. Garcia led the School in a strategic planning process for Distributed Education, which is in alignment with Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's and Western’s strategic plans. In 2015, the Undergraduate Medical Education Program received
Dr. Garcia is recognized as an exceptional educator with an extraordinary passion for education. She has received numerous local and national education awards in recognition of her leadership in education including the Dean's Award of Excellence in Teaching from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, the Edward G. Pleva Award from Western University and the OCUFA citation for outstanding contribution to University teaching.
She is also the recipient of the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship, which is given to individuals who demonstrate an exceptionally
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Garcia on her appointment.
Davy Cheng, MD MSc FRCPC FCAHS CCPE
Acting Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor & EPICOR Research Chair, Western University